"Nothing in the sea falls haphazard; if we cannot predict, it is because we do not know the cause, or how the cause works..."
H.B. Bigelow, 1929.
Named for Henry Bryant Bigelow, a visionary scientist and pioneer of modern oceanography, Bigelow Laboratory was founded in 1974 as a private, non-profit research institution. Henry Bigelow's approach to oceanography stressed the interdependence of the biological, chemical and physical sciences. This perspective has served as a cornerstone of our programs throughout our history.
Federal research grants support most of Bigelow Laboratory's basic operations and administrative needs; however, we rely on other sources of support, such as gifts from individuals and private foundations, for our public education and outreach programs.
Bigelow Laboratory's strength lies in the expertise and dedication of our senior research scientists, science staff, and administrative staff, and the support of our Board of Directors, Honorary Trustees, Trustees' Advisory Board, donors, and friends.
Below is a five-minute video introduction to the Laboratory prepared for the 2011 National Conference on Science and the Environment, followed by a presentation by Executive Director Dr. Graham Shimmield to U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office on March 10, 2010 requesting federal funding to enhance the Laboratory's Provasoli-Guillard National Center for the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton."